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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Deep Dark Robust Porter finished with Cascade hops for a west coast feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2006
Courtesy of Porterhouse <!-- P --> Mildly roasted coffee and cream aroma with even more mild milk chocolate notes and an assertive hop aroma. Dark brown to black with a diminishing thumb thick mocha head. Fore is quite hoppy and bitter with hearty, mildly sweet and nutty, malts in the middle. This gives it a bit of a brown ale flavor, but without the fruity sweetness. Nice level of roastiness to this and a perfect mouthfeel for a robust porter. The finish is a very cream, coffee and toffee cake affair and a nice contrast to the earlier flavor progressions. This is a pretty damn good porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2006
12oz. bottle thanks to Porterhouse. Deep, dark brown color with a medium sized creamy tan head. Mild, but nice aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and caramel. Dry roasted malt flavor with a good amount of chocolate and a bitter hop finish. Very drinkable porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - MAY 4, 2006
(Bottle) Pours a sort of murkyish dark brown, kind of the color of old-fashioned cough syrup. About an inch of tan head. Aroma has very mild coffee, caramel and chocolate. Good lacing, weepy. Mouthfeel pretty smooth, soft. Taste is good, promising, just not quite enough of it - bitter but smooth coffee with a bit of chocolate in the finish. Overall pretty bitter. Slightly grassy taste in finish. Not too bad, although flavor a bit mild and body a touch thin.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 14, 2006
Bottle. Poured a black that does let some light through. Nice little tan head. Smells like hops actually, hence the "west coast" feel they dub it with. I expected more hop flavor but the aroma was much more hop than the taste. In fact the taste was malt, coffee, and some toffee notes. However these flavors were all dummied down quite a bit as this beer is somewhat watered down. Seems like they got the balance right, they just made it a tad bit watery. I see Geary’s London Porter in the previous review’s description and the only thing i can think is that this beer isn’t even close to that class. A moderate effort at best, certainly not the 3.7 that it’s got now.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 9, 2006
Black body with thick light tan head. Faint smell hinting malt and maybe licorice. Strong coffee flavor, similar to Geary’s London Porter but a bit stronger. Hints of licorice or chicory too. Not the best porter I’ve had, but among the better ones... If you don’t like coffee, don’t try this one though...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (5205) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 5, 2006
Draught pint at Horshoe Pub with OldGrowth on 3/4/06
Deep brown, near black-looking liquid is unfiltered with a slow-to-recede light tan head, that leaves little to no lacing in its wake. Thick and heavy looking in the glass, and the head being quite dense, it comes off quite ominous.
The nose is rather muted at first, being served on draught, unfiltered, quite cold to start and in an English pint glass, with a thick head. So, ya, it’s got a lot working against it. But as it breathes and warms, a dry, mildly lactic, dark chocolate and mild espresso note emerges, with some vanilla beans, crusty/bready brown malts and a touch of sweet raisins and caramel, just a hint really.
The flavor is chocolatey and with light bits of fudginess, but mainly quite dry, with light roast notes. The cascades add a resilient amount of bitterness and green, juicy hop flavors, which when combined with the malts come off as rather floral. The unfiltered, chewy texture with the right amount of attenuation (dry, but not too dry), combined with a tasteful amount of hops really works well. Lactic, roast, chocolate, caramel, raisins. . .quite complex all told, and increasing with every sip as it warms. These guys can brew. No alcohol apparency.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (3118) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2005
On tap @ the Horseshoe Pub. Good nose, bittersweet. Chocolate, nutty, caramel. . Good head that slowly faded, clean dark brownish, black color. Bittersweet flavors. like aroma with a coffee/cocoa addition. flavors improved as it warmed. Medium body, thin lite creamy mouthfeel, clean roasty finish that faded quickly. Nicely done porter. Good to see at the ’Shoe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (9253) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2005
Maine Brewers Festival 2005. Black body with a good sized khaki head. Mild roast with a bit of chocolate notes and very muted fruit. Flavour is fairly restrained served at cold temperature, mild riast and burnt chocolate undercurrents. Emerges a bit more as it warms. Average to medium palate. Deserving of a full pint if I get the chance again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
Pours a dark, dark brown with ruby highlights. Big creamy tan head. Lots of lace throughout the pint. Smell is roasted malt and lightly bitter. Taste is full of flavors. Coffee flavors up front followed by bitter-sweet chocolate then smooths out at the finish. Smoky flavors and a decent hop finish. Very well balanced and pretty complex for a porter. Nice and tasty! These go down smooth even with all the flavor. one of the best porters I’ve ever had on draft.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MikeT (76) - Hollis, New Hampshire, USA - APR 29, 2005
Poured more dark brown than black and had a heavy malty hoppy aroma. Tastes of rich french coffee with some chocolate. Laced the glass nicely and finished with a hoppy flavor.

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